Simone Inzaghi has officially equalled a record held by Helenio Herrera, Roberto Mancini, and Antonio Conte at Inter Milan.
Today’s print edition of Milan-based newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, via FCInterNews, highlight the 47-year-old’s accomplishments. But they also note a jinx that he must steer clear of.
In Inter’s history, there have only been three instances when the team began a Serie A season with five wins in a row.
And the coaches who have stewarded these starts have certainly made for illustrious company.
All of Conte, Mancini, and Herrera have done so.
And Inzaghi has joined this trio’s ranks, making it four Inter coaches to have gone five for five at the start of a league season.
Inter’s 1-0 win away to Empoli was not quite as eye-catching as demolition jobs on Fiorentina and AC Milan. But three points is three points, as consistency matters in Serie A.
Inzaghi Equals Herrera, Mancini & Conte Record – But Now Must Avoid Curious Jinx
There is, however, a curious aspect to the three previous seasons in which Inter have won all five of their first five matches in Serie A that Inzaghi won’t be keen to repeat.
On each of the three previous occasions that Inter have won their first five matches in a Serie A season, they have failed to win the Serie A title.
Instead, it has been Juventus who have prevailed on each occasion.
Conte, Mancini, and Herrera did all go on to win the Serie A title. But never in the seasons when they have guided the team to five straight victories at the start of the season.
Therefore, Inzaghi will be hoping that he doesn’t just equal this impressive start of his predecessors.
The 47-year-old will also want to go one better and turn that positive start into a Serie A title.